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Data Literacy

What is data? How did data become so important for seemingly everything, from science to policy, passing by activism and art? Why is so much data about me collected when I surf the internet and what is done with it? How are data collection and use regulated in the EU and elsewhere?

If you know the answers to these questions, you hold some basic data literacy. If you remain curious about some of them, this course is for you. During the course, we will walk you through the history and philosophy of data in the context of science and technology, and through forms of data activism and regulation in the context of governance. Some people have said that data is the new oil, and in this course, you will learn the complexities of how it acquired that value. We live in the zettabyte era, and digital literacy — we believe — is an essential part of everyone’s education.


Federica Russo


You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students and Master's students, as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students. Please note: as a contract student it is only possible to enrol including assessment. 


Registration is open from 5 December 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. For students registration proceeds through the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl. ‘Bijvak’ students and contract students can register by completing the online registration form.

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl.


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

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SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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